BBC News – Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-53329946 This clearly has implications for travel, hospitality and leisure. Until a “green zone” is established quality face masks may remain the norm on planes, in hotels and bars, resorts and cruise ships.
TravelSafe Systems are strong advocates of the Travel Industry. Equally, however, we feel the sector needs to have greater accountability and duty of care when it comes to defeating COVID-19. We need the industry to come back in a sustainable way and not face a start-stop-start-stop scenario. The incident yesterday that led the Italian GovernmentContinue reading “Why let the bomb onboard in the first place?”
Having been ignored by UK Government Ministers, TravelSafe Systems (TSS) is to trial its on-departure integrated testing system for Covid-19 at an international hub airport this month. It is also in negotiations to have similar trials at other airports. Nick Lambe, Joint CEO of TSS, said, “I am, of course, disappointed that my own GovernmentContinue reading “Integrated Testing System for COVID-19 to be Trialled at an International Airport”
The former transport minister for the UK, Theresa Villiers, has stated that she feels the quarantine rule have had no positive impact. The Tory MP, Theresa Villiers, said the travel industry had been “damaged” without cutting the Covid-19 risk. We would agree. Asking someone if they are COVID-19 free on arrival is like asking “didContinue reading “Coronavirus: UK travel quarantine rules ‘not worth it’, says Theresa Villiers – BBC News”
Green, yellow, amber and red zones. An interesting COVID-19 application by Harvard Global Health Institute showing high risk areas as the USA enter a holiday week.
IATA have released criteria and recommendations for COVID-19 testing as part of the air travel process. These are based on ICAO recommendations. The target is to deploy solutions that provide, speed, scale and accuracy. The current go to solution is Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing which currently meets non of these. The issue is itContinue reading “IATA – Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process: TravelSafe Systems meets the standards and more”
A great innovation by Frankfurt Airport and Lufthansa. However, their focus seems to be on providing the ability to prove that someone is COVID-19 free for the benefit of a receiving state and not creating an entirely COVID-19 “green zone” within the airport for all travelers, airport staff and flight crew. Additionally a price pointContinue reading “Lufthansa, and Fraport Launch the First Walk-In COVID-19 Testing Facility in Germany at Frankfurt Airport, but will it work?”
Bilateral agreements are the way to unlock travel. But confidence is needed at government, corporate and consumer level. Even if a state has low to no COVID-19 cases surely testing prior to entering an airport is the best way to develop that confidence? Lets hope that collaboration starts soon. South China Morning Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/27/coronavirus-live-updates-us/ Stark reading today in the Washington Post. Too little too late, easing off too early? Not enough testing? Not enough curtailment of travel, especially domestic air travel? It looks like July could be very tough for the USA.
BBC News – Coronavirus: Holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53206148 But will such an explosion backfire? The UK Government have made it clear “that they would put the brakes on” if the situation changes. It will be a tense summer ahead for those waiting to go, on or about to return from holidayContinue reading “BBC News: Coronavirus: Holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease”